The Quilietti Family

Your Quilietti family heritage


JOSEPH ANGELO QUILIETTI married JANE BOYLE on  4th September 1919 at 34 Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

Granny Quilietti

The Boyle family originally came from County Mayo in Ireland and they settled like so many other Irish immigrants in the Lanarkshire area of  Scotland where there was work in the mines, the mills and the farms.  As far as we have researched to date it was Luke Boyle born circa 1786 in Ireland  who married Betsey McLauchlin and travelled over the Irish Sea to settle in Lanark.   There would have been many Boyle children but we have traced James born 1821, Jane born 1822, Henry born 1827 and Luke 1835.   The gaps in the years indicate that there are many more of this family unaccounted for.   Our branch was James Boyle who married Jane Walker.   There offspring detailed below

The family of James Boyle and Jane Walker


Granny with her boys, Arthur, Giulio, Joe and Bobby

Jeannie’s father was 40 when he married Anne Kay or Smith, [she was also known as Rose Ann],  Smith being her married surname.   Rose Ann worked as a housekeeper for James Boyle and their address was Gateside, Whitburn.

Anne had been widowed some years earlier.  Anne was  Londoner by birth.  Her father was a Photographer and Artist and he and his wife Jane Williamson  lived in London where he plied his trade.  Anne married Thomas Smith and they had two children Rose Anne and Ellen Smith.   Thomas died young leaving his wife with the two girls.   By now they had moved up to Scotland.

In Scotland , now widowed, Anne found work as a housekeeper for James Boyle.  As most great stories go they fell in love and married on 14th May 1900 in Whitburn church of Scotland, West Lothian.

They moved back to Old Monklands in Lanarkshire and lived at 82 Flat Row there with her two children from her first marriage, Ellen who was born in 1891 and Rose Anne who was born in 1897.  Our Granny, Jane Boyle was born on 13th November 1901 at West Benhar in the East District of Shotts Burgh in the County of Lanark.  Her father signed with an x mark.

They had another daughter Jemima who was born in the year  1905.   Jemima married Arthur Lumsden in 1924.  We have to date no  trace this line.

PLEASE SEE COMMENT BELOW FROM JOHN COSGROVE.   John’s  grandmother was Rose Ann Smith who was Jeannie Boyle’s sister.    Life was hard in those days and any romances which ended in pregnancies were not easy to handle. Rose Ann had a baby, born out of wedlock.   The baby, named Annie,  was adopted by a couple who lived in Penicuik.   According to John in later life she found her natural mother again and became friendly with her aunty Jeannie and often visited her in Niddrie.   Annie married into the Cosgrove family who also came from the Craigmillar area in Edinburgh.   

James Boyle  was born on May 3rd 1857 in Gartersherrie in the District of Lanark.

James Boyle

worked in the mines, like his own father before him.    Gartersherrie was situated in  the middle district of Old Monklands in Lanarkshire.   We know little about him until he married Annie Kay except that he worked in the mines in Lanark.  Then after his marriage and birth of his two daughters he continued his working life and was especially close to the Muir family, who were his sister’s family.

The 1911 Scottish Census shows the Boyle family living at 122 Quarry Row, Whitburn, Linlighgowshire.  James was still in the mines but his age is stated as being 48.   So again we have different ages on the Wedding lines and the census information.

He died at 20 Bath Street, Glasgow of Cardiac Failure on  19th September 1917.   This was only two weeks after Jeannie had married Joseph Angelo Quilietti.   His usual residence in 1917 was given as Railway Terrace, Coalburn.

Jeannie Boyle’s grandfather was James Boyle, Furnace Keeper and her grandmother  was Jane  Walker.   Gartsherrie was steeped in the mining industry and there were countless accidents at the pits.  Jane Walker, our Granny Quilietti’s granny,  was killed in an accident at Starry Shaw  Pit on 18th February 1874.

Jane Walker was born on 11th November 1821 in Irvine.  Her father was James Walker, and he was a coalminer, and her mother was Mary Pinkerton.

Gartsherrie 1841 , lately a quoad sacra parish, in the parish of Old Monkland, county of Lanark ; containing, with the villages of Coatbridge, Coatdyke, Gartcloss, Merrystone, and Summerlee, 5906 inhabitants, of whom 1499 are in the village of Gartsherrie, 2 miles (W.) from Airdrie. This is a considerable mining district, in the works connected with which the chief of the population are employed: the ironworks are of great magnitude, and include a number of blast-furnaces for the smelting of the ore. The coal-mine here is also worked on a very extensive scale; there are five strata of coal, between each of which is a stratum of sandstone and shale : the seams of coal vary in thickness from one foot four inches to four feet. The Glasgow and Garnkirk railway, which starts from St. Rollox, in the north-east quarter of the city, joins the Monkland and Kirkintilloch railway at this place.  There is a large Sabbath school in connexion with the Establishment.

old Gartinsherrie Housing


Colliers Houses
The Messrs Bairds of Gartsherrie are erecting workmens houses of a better kind – They consist each of three distinct apartments viz, a large kitchen ,a small bedroom, and a scullery. There are two beds in each house – one in the room and one in the kitchen; the one in the kitchen is so judiciously placed as to be almost concealed, and still to have all the advantages from ventilation which the kitchen gives. There are two fireplaces – one in the kitchen, and one in the bedroom; and the water for family use is to be introduced into the scullery. There is a fine free open space before the door; and there are in front, at convenient distances, erected neat and substantial dungsteads and privies, with a very neat and serviceable gutter running along the whole distance, which may, with ease, be kept clean and tidy. Altogether the arrangement is far in advance of anything we have seen under similar circumstances, that we have been induced thus to mention it, so that others may go and do likewise. We learn from an occupant that the rent is only 8s. per month. [Hamilton Advertiser January 31 1857]

Many of the infants in a collier community are thin, skinny, and wasted, and indicate by their contracted features and sickly dirty-white, or faint-yellowish aspect, their early participation in a deteriorated physical condition.From the age of infancy up to the seventh or eighth year, much sickliness and general imperfections of physical development is observable, and this is owing to the comparative inattention of the mother to the maintenance of cleanliness of her childrenÂ’s persons, to irregularity as to time in their meals; to the use of improper articles of food; to insufficiency of culinary process; to excessive quantity of food at one time, and to too little at another; to the practice of giving whisky either raw or diluted with warm water; to insufficiency of clothes, which are in many cases both filthy and ragged, and almost always quite inadequate to protect against the inclemency of the weather; to the inhalation when within doors of an atmosphere rendered noxious by damp, by human respiration, and by the various impurities which are almost constantly found in the abodes of this class of persons, proceeding from the inmates, which not infrequently include horses, pigs, fowls, dogs, and cats.

At the age of seven or eight years the children of most colliers, who are in tolerable health, begin to work in the collieries, either with their parents, which is the most common course, or with strangers, who hire them, which is the common practice with those who are orphans.The children thus early employed, who come under my observation, were supposed to perform work of a fatiguing or laborious character, were employed for many hours together, perhaps from 8 to 10 or 12, without coming to the surface, were in the habit of working not only during the day, but during the night also. I have seldom walked or ridden through the coal villages at any hour during the night, summer and winter, without seeing little boys and girls going to and from the collieries, with their oil lamps in their hands or stuck in their caps, lighting them on their weary way


Jeannie Boyle’s paternal grandmother was Jane Walker [she married James Boyle].

Jane Walker’s  father was James Walker and he was also a coalminer.   James was born on18th October 1779 in Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland.  He died on 11th May 1856 in Townend, Dalry in Ayrshire.  James’ father was William Walker who was born in 1750in Paisley.   William married Margaret Jamieson.  William’s father was James Walker b. 1780 in Paisley  and his mother was Margaret Wallace.

Jane Walker’s  mother was Mary Pinkerton. She was born in 1780 in Irvine in Ayrshire and she died in 1851 also in Irvine.


  • The Walker/Pinkerton alliance had seven children,
  • Elisabeth b 1801,
  • Mary b. 1803,
  • Margaret born 1805,
  • William born 1807
  • James born 1809,
  • Robert born 1811
  • David b. 1819,
  • Catherine b. 1819 and
  • Jane, our direct line, who was born on 11 November 1821 in Irvine and who died on 18th February 1874 in Starry Shaw Pit, Shotts, Calderhead in Lanarkshire.

Mining village at Rosehall, Old Monklands

OLD Monkland

3 Responses to “QUILIETTI/BOYLE/Walker/Pinkerton”

  1. annie kay /smith/boyle says:

    hi, my name is andrew cosgrove. my grandmother was rose anne smith daughter of anne smith/ boyle. i just wondered if you have any geneology of this side of the family. annie smith boyle would be your grandmaother i presume. i used to visit auntie jean when i was a wee boy, she lived in niddrie edinburgh. my mother was her niece her name was annie smith then cosgrove. would love to here from you. my email is


    drew cosgrove.

  2. Christina Boyle says:


    I have been researching my family tree and came across your site. Too many of the names you have here and places are a coincidence although I do have slightly varying information. I am tracing back the family line of my Great Grandfather William Boyle born in West Benhar, Shotts in 1891. His father was Henry Boyle born in 1852. Henry Boyle’s brother was James Boyle, I believe the father of your grandmother. Their parents were James Boyle born circa 1825 and Jane Walker born circa 1829 from Dalry, Ayrshire. James Boyle circa 1825 was the son of Luke Boyle circa 1786 and Elisabeth Campbell circa 1796. Contrary to your statement regarding the fact the Boyle family came from County Mayo in Ireland I have a different background. We believe these Boyle’s originally came over to Scotland after the Norman conquests in the early 1100’s from France and the original family name was De Boyville. They were granted lands in Wales and Cumberland and later Wigtownshire/Ayrshire. The Welsh contingent later emigrated to Ireland where after the split of the Church resulted in this part of the family becoming Roman Catholics. The Ayrshire Boyle’s remained protestants and still sit in the Clan seat at Kelburn Castle in Largs Ayrshire, which is where the Dalry, Ayrshire connection comes in. Please get in touch to share information.


    Christina Lawrie nee Boyle

  3. Helen says:

    Research today is a very powerful tool. First of all thank you so much for your very informative comment. It would be quite nice to have some more French blood running through our veins. So right back to James Boyle and Jane Walker our history is set. Your research however gives you a different mother for our James Boyle although Luke Boyle is still the link. Our County Mayo connection comes from the mouth of my grandmother Jeannie Boyle born in 1901. She spoke to her own sons of this being her ancestral home and although her history was in the mining villages of Lanarkshire she must have heard stories of her ancestors from her own father. That is the only proof of the County Mayo connections.. I would be very interested in hearing of your own research of course. There are also another genealogist who has done lots of work on our side of the family history. I will find his details and then have another look at our own research

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